Ashness Bridge-Surprise View-Lodore Hotel, circular walk

Ashness Bridge-Surprise View-Lodore Hotel, circular walk

Ashness bridge

Ashness Bridge is probably the most photographed bridged in The Lake District and it’s probably the most easily accessible too.  With a car park adjacent to it and another car park closer to Surprise View it can be done by both car and on foot.

We decided to turn it into a day trip and a small circular walk, so we took the boat Keswick Launch anti-clockwise around Derwentwater and got off at Ashness Pier.

Ashness Pier

Disembarking at Ashness Pier you arrive at the road that takes you up to Ashness Bridge. It is all well signposted.

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Keswick Launch leaving Ashness Pier

Ashness Pier to Ashness Bridge

Disembarking at Ashness Pier and walking to Ashness Bridge is about a ten minute, up-hill walk and it is all on a tarmac road. The road runs parallel to the river of Barrow Beck so there is opportunity to deviate a bit.

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Barrow Beck – the river that runs underneath Ashness bridge and along the road

Ashness Bridge

The road up towards Ashness Bridge wasn’t busy but nor was it very quiet, so do be careful of vehicles, if you go.

Ashness Bridge is a traditional stone built, pack-horse bridge that is the gateway to Surprise View and the mountain of Watendlath. It gives views across Borrowdale towards the mountain of Skiddaw and is always busy with people.

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Barrow Beck running under Ashness Bridge
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Barrow Beck under Ashness Bridge
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Barrow Beck running under Ashness Bridge with Watendlath in the background
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Barrow Beck, Ashness Bridge & Skiddaw in the background
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Ashness bridge with Skiddaw in the background

Up the hill towards Surprise View

Carrying on walking up the hill leads you through typical Cumbrian, picturesque countryside. The snow topped mountain of Watendlath dominates the views to the south and Skiddaw the views to the north.

Again you share the road with cars.

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Walking from Ashness Bridge to Surprise View
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Skiddaw dominates the view to the north
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The mountain of Watendlath to the south

Surprise View

What awaits you at the top of the road is called ‘Surprise View’ and is quite simply a breathtaking spot to look out at, if you can get a space! Because there’s a car park adjacent to the view, it can get quite busy.

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Surprise View

From Surprise View, you can see Borrowdale to the south, the whole of Derwent Water and on a clear day the lake of Bassenthwaite to the north. You can just make out Bassenthwaite to the top right hand side of the photo below.

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The view from Surprise View overlooking Derwent

The woodlands of the surrounding fells are oak trees, they are home to a wide range of bird species, red squirrels and deers.

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Lodore Pier below Surprise View
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Lodore Hotel
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Lodore Hotel
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Lodore Pier

Victorian Water Falls

Descending back past Ashness Bridge,  on your left hand side is a small wooden swing gate belonging to the Derwentwater Independent Hostel. The route then follows a designated path through the woodlands following Barrow Beck.

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Walking through the hostel grounds
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Barrow Beck Falls
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Barrow Beck falls at the back of Derwentwater hostel
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Barrow Beck Victorian falls
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Derwentwater Independent Hostel
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The Victorian Falls at the back of the hostel

Hostel grounds

We walked through the hostel grounds, around the side of the hostel and cut down the hill until we reached a path (parallel to the road) that runs through Ashness Woods and along to Lodore Hotel.

The path meanders through the woods and at times crosses the road where the path continues along the shores of Derwentwater. When we walked through, the path was wet and muddy so we were very glad we had sturdy boots on.

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View over Derwent from the woods
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The path runs next to Derwent water
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Derwentwater

Arriving at Lodore Pier

The path takes you to the Lodore Falls hotel, where directly opposite is the entrance for Lodore Pier. Here we caught the Keswick Launch back to Keswick.

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Lodore Falls Hotel from Lodore Pier
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Lodore Pier
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The view from Lodore Pier

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